Central Standard Craft Distillery

Pat McQuillan and Evan Hughes
Pat McQuillan and Evan Hughes

MASTER METTLE winner
Milwaukee
Industry: Manufacturing
Founded: 2014
Projected 2019 revenue: $1.3 million
thecentralstandard.com

Central Standard Craft Distillery manufactures handcrafted spirits. Pat McQuillan, president of Central Standard Craft Distillery, said the company measures growth “in sales of cases in the market, barrels filled of our spirits for aging and people hired.”

The company’s growth has created an obstacle: ensuring that it has enough space and capacity to continue to grow and be efficient.

Central Standard’s recent changes include hiring more people, adding a fully automated bottling line for increased capacity, releasing a Wisconsin-style brandy and launching Hard2O, a low-proof vodka water, according to McQuillan.

In the future, Central Standard plans on expanding its products into states beyond just Wisconsin and continuing to grow its team and efficiency.

What’s the best advice you’ve ever received?

“Always bet on yourself and surround yourself with smart people.”

– Pat McQuillan, president of Central Standard Craft Distillery

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